Teaching and Testing

Turns out scantron has a combo multiple-guess and essay form.

I’m seriously thinking about exploiting this for tests, because it provides the possibility of making a MUCH more intensive test.  But I’m only going to test it in one class at a time…

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  1. Chris

     /  January 25, 2007

    How in the world does scantron do an essay??

    I know all of my classes that have used scantron + essay have always simply used the scantron for multi-guess and then the professors used separate questions/bluebooks for essays…

  2. happycrow

     /  January 25, 2007

    There’s a new form with essay spaces on it. And they’re about the right sizes, as well…

  3. Chris

     /  January 25, 2007

    That’s interesting, but I don’t see how it helps, other than just keeping stuff together – I assume you still have to grade the essays yourself, unless scantron comes with the ProfessorMindReader(tm) and a great handwriting recognition software…

  4. Chris

     /  January 25, 2007

    Oh yeah – BTW, Katie and I have a foodblog up at swordchefs.wordpress.com

  5. happycrow

     /  January 25, 2007

    I’ve peeked, and I need to update my blog to include you. I’ve just been (barely) keeping my head above water re: lesson-planning, and haven’t updated. Don’t hurt me…

  6. Chris

     /  January 25, 2007

    Thats fine. We’ve just got a crap-load of really really yummy stuff up, and I wasn’t sure if Anna had passed the info along to you, or if you’d gotten the email I sent last week-ish about it.

  7. OH, I”ve been looking… the difference in sauerkraut especially is noticeable…

  8. Chris

     /  January 26, 2007

    yeah…. the kraut thing..well, it was a disaster. I’d try it again, but I have a feeling I’d have to make fresh kraut or something like that. Frank’s from a bag just doesn’t get it… Katie and I did find a German import brand here in Lawrence at one of the specialty food places, but we haven’t tried it yet.

    Reference the scantron stuff, what is the rate of answers that fail to scan?

  9. It *seems* that they’re a lot more reliable now than they used to be.

  10. Based on my experience with Scantron forms, successful scanning depends on two factors:

    1. Make sure that everyone uses a 2B pencil for their responses.
    2. If you’re using a TSM 888+ Form Reader, feed the sheets right to left.

    The feeding groove is longer on the right side of the machine, so it’s really easy to align. Most departments that use the 888+ also opt for the left-mounted receiver and leave the feed direction switched to R->L.

    A drawback to the 888+ is that it can only store one-sided keys. So if you have a longer test (e.g. I have a three-sided pre-test/post-test system currently in place) you have to treat each side like it’s a separate test. The scoring method for a two sided test with no subtests looks like this:

    Step 1: Feed Side 1 key.
    Step 2: Feed Side 1 tests.
    Step 3: Feed Side 2 key.
    Step 4: Feed Side 2 tests.
    Step 5: Add Side 1 and Side 2 scores for total score. There is a series of boxes in the upper right quadrant of From 882-E, the most popular form.

    Scantron Forms publishes literally dozens of forms. I went to their website and found a dizzying array of MCQ-4 and MCQ-5 forms. They have mcq/short essay forms, objective/subjective forms— tons of them. It made my eyes cross. And yes, you have to grade the essays yourself.


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